Marcus Smart is currently flooding the college basketball headlines and in no way is that a good thing. As I am sure you have heard by now, Smart pushed a fan in the Oklahoma State Cowboys‘ last game against Texas Tech. News broke today of him being suspended for three games and this could not have come at a worse time for his team.
A team losing its best player can never really come at a good time. To make matters even worse, the Cowboys are on a four-game losing streak and have fallen out of the race for a Big 12 title. They are five games behind No. 1 Kansas in the conference standings.
Oklahoma State will have to play Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor in its next three games. It very well could lose all three of those games and the unthinkable could happen. The Cowboys could miss out on the NCAA Tournament. I highly doubt that will be the case, but it is not like their record is amazing.
Oklahoma State is 16-7 overall and 4-6 in the Big 12. Those two records scream bubble team, but the Cowboys and bubble team have not been associated with one another all season long.
Both Texas and Oklahoma are ranked in the top 25. The contest against the Sooners will be the only one played at home for the Cowboys during Smart’s three-game suspension.
If this team can somehow find a way to win two or maybe even all of their next three games, they will be in very good shape.
Smart is a huge loss, though. He is averaging 17.5 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, 4.3 assists per game and 2.3 steals per game. That kind of production cannot be replaced.